Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” will be distributed by Summit Entertainment in North America, the company announced Friday. Summit plans to release the film in the first half of 2010. Sales have been made in all major territories around the globe. The North American rights to the film were represented by ICM. The film is based on the novel The Ghost writter by best-selling author Robert Harris. It won the International “Thriller Writers’ Award” for best novel of 2008. Harris joined Polanski in adapting the book for the big screen.
The film tells the story of a former British Prime Minister, Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), who is holed up on an island off the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. in midwinter, writing his memoirs. When his long-standing aide drowns, a professional ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is sent out to help him finish the book. The anonymous ghost writer is quickly drawn into a political and sexual intrigue involving Lang’s wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams) and his aide (Kim Cattrall). Hanging over Lang is the threat of a war crimes trial and a mysterious secret from his past that threatens to jeopardize international relations. The cast also includes Jim Belushi, Robert Pugh and Tom Wilkinson. Alexandre Desplat scored the film.
“We had the good fortune to recently screen ‘The Ghost Writer’ in Paris and were amazed at the film Roman and his team have created,” said Summit co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger in a statement. “He once again has proven himself as one of the world’s most talented filmmakers and master of suspense creating a very modern thriller and we look forward to sharing this film with North American audiences.” Polanski is currently serving house arrest at his villa in Gstaad, Switzerland.